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Am I a Good Manager? And Other Questions from This Week

This week, while you were busy wondering who will play Jem in the live action “Jem and the Holograms” movie (please don’t let it be Lindsay Lohan)… wondering who will play Ariel in the live action “The Little Mermaid” movie (please let it be Lindsay Lohan)…or wondering who you will now dress up as for this year’s Halloween (Jem? Ariel? Lindsay Lohan?)… here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

Am I a good manager? Every manager wants to think he or she’s a good manager, but according to recent research, 82 percent of companies fail to find the right people for the job. According to HBR, good managers share five common traits. [Harvard Business Review]

Do I really have to stop saying “bossy”? It’s okay not to do everything“Lean In” Sheryl Sandberg tells us to do, ‘mkay? Fresh off the success of her “Lean In” campaign, Sandberg is asking people to ban the word “bossy” from their vocabulary, saying it inhibits women from being leaders. But it’s not the word that’s the problem, Talbot argues. [New Yorker]

Should we put company decisions up to vote? Is democracy the future of work? Les Hayman explores the question as to whether less management and more democracy make for a stronger company. [Les Hayman’s Blog]

What’s the best way to break bad news to my employees? There’s a reason Hallmark doesn’t make “Sorry I have to fire you” cards: When it comes to delivering bad news, you need to deliver it yourself – as painful as it may be. Management professor Robert J. Bies offers 10 tips to make it easier for both parties. [CNBC]

How can I lessen the costs from the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are hoping that creating new or enhancing current corporate wellness programs will help relieve some of the burden of the ACA’s excise tax. [Employee Benefit News]

Is the new health care law that bad? It depends on whom you ask. Though some businesses are dealing with rising costs and “administrative hassles” associated with the ACA, other companies aren’t feeling as much pain – and some even feel they’re benefiting from it. []

Who says “no” to free doughnuts? If you’re trying to attract and retain employees with free food and other “perks,” save your Starbucks gift cards. Research shows that workers value robust onboarding programs and training opportunities more. [Inc.]

What did we miss? Tell us what questions you’ve been asking this week in the comments below.

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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